Heartless. Ruthless. Stone Cold Killer.
That’s me. I destroy anything in my path to get what I want.
Then she showed up. Olivia Bell. She’s sweet and innocent, and in the wrong place, at the wrong time.
Now she’s mine. My property. I own her. Given to me as a bargaining chip.
She’s not a part of my plans, but plans change. Her pouty lips and gorgeous curves beg me to break her.
Taking her lush curvy body, and ravaging it for all its worth would be easy, but I want to earn her submission. It’s addictive. I want it. I want her.
They wanted me to break her. I am. And I’m enjoying it. Now they want to take her from me.
Over my dead body.
Let them come for us. I’ll kill them all.
By the time I’m done, everyone will know. She belongs to me.
**This is a DARK romance. A full-length standalone novel with HEA and no cheating**
(taken from Goodreads)
I don´t know about you but I get a little moody when I see a warning label beneath a synopsis. Especially when it´s a spoiler-filled warning.
HEA + no cheating
But since I found the synopsis good I turned a blind eye toward that little tidbit. One simply can´t nag about everything, right?
So, the synopsis sounded good. The book cover looked pretty decent. All I needed was for `Broken` by author Willow Winters, to be a mind-blower.
The only thing that knocked the wind out of my sails was how similar this story was to the Dark Duet series by C.J. Roberts.
In both books, a girl named Olivia ( yes, both young ladies are named Olivia ) falls victim to human trafficking.
In both books, Olivia learns the art of submission but only for the public eye.
In both books, Olivia endures sexual punishment ( one scene is almost a carbon copy of the original )
In both books, the Hero is torn between what he needs and wants to do.
In both books, the Heroine ends up having to wait for the love of her life because of the legal system.
Now, if I didn´t know any better, I´d say the author was very heavily “inspired” by `Captive In The Dark`, `Seduced In The Dark` & `Epilogue`. Which is fine. I´m not too bothered by this. The only problem I have is that I can´t stop comparing the two stories. That happens when the similarities are too obvious. I tend to prefer one over the other instead of seeing these two stories as individual pieces.
I guess you can say that there were slight differences with `Broken`, though. The Hero wasn´t an emotionally damaged sadist with a heart the size of a pea. Kane was an undercover cop in the middle of a case and Olivia 2.0 just so happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time.
Another difference – `Broken` is a standalone and the Dark Duet is 3 books strong. 3 very graphic and detailed books. I´m that reader who always has questions and appreciates lots of background info. For me, `Broken` felt like a Dark Duet greatest hits.
An okay read that didn´t tickle me senseless. Not a 1:1 copy but one where the story comes pretty close to the other.
Would I reread this book? I don´t think I will. There are a few great parts I might check out again but I don´t think I´ll do a from start-to-finish again.
Would I recommend this book? Yes. If the Dark Duet series were a little too rough for you then this one would be just right. Also, fans of C.J. Roberts who´re thirsty for more Olivia & Caleb would probably enjoy Olivia & Kane.
The Cover – 4 Hearts: It´s okay. The filter gives the outdated image a nice touch.
The Story – 3 Hearts: It´s the Stockholm syndrome party 2.0. Not as dangerous as it could´ve been. A little on the tame side. A dark romance for beginners.
The Characters – 3 Hearts: I liked the idea of Kane being an undercover cop and how that messed with his true character. Olivia- Meeh. She´s the type who says no but means yes. * sigh *
My emotional state after finishing this read: Indifferent.
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